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SS: Wands

Mr. Ollivander says "The wand chooses the wizard...and you will never have as good a success with another wizard's wand" I always assumed that meant you stuck with the same wand forever.

But Ron has Charlie's old wand. Why on earth did Charlie buy a new one? I don't think you ever hear of another wizard randomly passing on his wand and buying a new one, unless their wand broke. Thoughts?

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Re: SS: Wands

  • I think there's some sort of caveat that gets around that when a wizard voluntarily hands over his/her wand to someone else.  Harry is able to use Hermione's wand later on when she gave it to him.  Charlie probably bought a new wand right around the time that Ron went to school so it was handed down to him.  I'll bet it was handed down to Charlie first but he needed something of his own when he went to Romania.


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  • I bet Charlie decided to give his parents a break by giving Ron a wand, and now that he had a job he could afford to just buy his own. I also think that, since Ron and Charlie are family, the wands probably work extra well for them that way. Though I do think Rev makes a good point, wandlore also says something about wands that are conquered - or maybe it's just THE wand that can be conquered, and everything else won't work. (Trying to avoid spoilers.) Even Hermione's wand wasn't perfect for Harry. 
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  • i was thinking the same thing as Rev, that Charlie had a hand-me-down from Bill and when he went to work with the dragons he needed something "made for him" so he gave it to Ron.

    Maybe this is why Ron is never as good at spells as Harry and Hermione?

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    i was thinking the same thing as Rev, that Charlie had a hand-me-down from Bill and when he went to work with the dragons he needed something "made for him" so he gave it to Ron.

    Maybe this is why Ron is never as good at spells as Harry and Hermione?

    I was thinking the same thing about Ron having a disadvantage with spells because it's not his own wand... Poor guy :/
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    image mmremshard:

    i was thinking the same thing as Rev, that Charlie had a hand-me-down from Bill and when he went to work with the dragons he needed something "made for him" so he gave it to Ron.

    Maybe this is why Ron is never as good at spells as Harry and Hermione?

    I was thinking the same thing about Ron having a disadvantage with spells because it's not his own wand... Poor guy :/

    I always figured it was a hand me down to Charlie as well.. or that Charlie simply got a new wand becuase that was one was so beat up - doesn't Ron say at the start that there is a bit of the unicorn hair poking out the end already? 

  • Neville also has a hand-me-down wand. Although his father didn't really need it...
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